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Design Showcase West hosts award-winning designers from many fields of entertainment design.  During the school year, acclaimed artists share their craft in master classes with UCLA students.  In the spring, distinguished designers grace Design Showcase West on the UCLA campus as keynote speakers.  These master artists join us virtually for 2021.

Design Showcase West Speakers
 Saturday, June 5, 2021
10:00a.m. PT
Keynote Speaker
Academy Award-winning costume designer 

Ruth E. Carter made history in 2019 when she became the first African American costume designer to win the Academy Award for Best Costume Design, in recognition of her Afrofuturistic designs in the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther.  Carter has more than 40 film credits in a career that spans more than three decades and encompasses theater, film and television. Among her numerous accolades, she previously received Academy Award nominations for her costume designs in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X and Steven Spielberg’s Amistad; and an Emmy nomination for the 2016 Roots miniseries reboot. Earlier this year, she was the second costume designer and first Black costume designer to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her depth of artistry, passion for culture and history, and ability to deliver the director’s vision while infusing her own signature style, make her one of the most sought after and renowned costume designers in the world.  Design Showcase West is honored to welcome Ruth E. Carter as our 2021 Keynote Speaker.

Welcome and Greeting
Academy Award-winning production designer
Hannah Beachler made history when she became the first African American to be nominated and win a Best Production Design Academy Award for her work on Marvel’s Black Panther, directed by her longtime collaborator Ryan Coogler. Her other credits include Creed, the 2017 Academy Award Best Picture winner Moonlight and Beyoncé's 2016 TV special and visual album Lemonade.


Master Class Highlights


Paul Tazewell has been designing costumes for Broadway and regional theater, film, television, dance and opera productions for more than 25 years. In 2016, he received the Tony Award for his costume designs for the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton and an Emmy Award for his work on NBC’s The Wiz Live! and a nomination for Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert. He began his Broadway career with the groundbreaking musical Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk. Design Showcase West will feature highlights of his
2020 Master Class at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Clint Ramos is a designer, educator, activist and creative producer. He received the Tony Award in the category of Best Costume Design of a Play in 2016 for Eclipsed, making him the first person of color to win that category. Currently, he is a 2020 double Tony Award nominee for his scenic design for Slave Play and costume design for The Rose Tattoo. He previously received Tony Award nominations for his designs for Once On This Island and Torch Song. Design Showcase West will feature highlights of his 2020 Master Class at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

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